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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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Trips sponsored by

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Total cost of 26 trips: $25,283.72


Traveler: Archibald Galloway (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: WASH DC TO BOSTON, MA
Purpose: ATTEND MIT 2001 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,068.80
source

Traveler: Hannah Sistare (from the office of Fred Thompson)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE MIT 2001 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,084.80
source

Traveler: Eric Sterner (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: ATTEND BRIEFINGS ON STATE OF DEFENSE/AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY FROM MIT FACULTY AND LINCOLN LABORATORY RESEARCHERS. LINCOLN LABORATORY-MIT CAMPUS
Purpose: ATTEND BRIEFINGS ON STATE OF DEFENSE/AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY FROM MIT FACULTY AND LINCOLN LABORATORY RESEARCHERS
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,051.38
source

Traveler: Richard Obermann (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS.
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE APRIL MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON ENERGY TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $909.60
source

Traveler: Alexandra Teitz (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINAR FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON ENERGY ISSUES AT MIT
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $941.60
source

Traveler: Dan Skopec (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON ENERGY POLICY
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $918.76
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $919.10
source

Traveler: Marsha Shasteen (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $964.90
source

Traveler: Charles Cooke (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $822.60
source

Traveler: Christopher King (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS.
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,054.15
source

Traveler: Chad Stone (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $832.82
source

Traveler: Susannah Foster (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: CONFERENCE - TRANSPORTATION
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Traveler: John Mimikakis (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: RHOB TO NAT'L/REAGAN AIRPORT TO BOSTON/LOREN AIRPORT TO MIT CONFERENCE MIT CONFERENCE TO AIRPORT TO MADISON, WI AIRPORT
Purpose: ATTEND MIT CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION POLICY FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,067.82
source

Traveler: Christopher Miller (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTEND EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FINE PARTICULATE MATTER AND MAKE PRESENTATION ON PENDING LEGISLATION
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,249.50
source

Traveler: Michael Honda (from the office of Michael Honda)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: SPEAK AS A PANELIST AT A FORUM
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $272.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Stein (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: A SEMINAR AT MIT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL AND EXECUTIVE STAFF ON THE "SOCIAL POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,030.80
source

Traveler: Jonathan Blum (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY MIT ON THE "SOCIAL POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADV. HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECH"
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $983.05
source

Traveler: Susannah Foster (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: ATTEND MIT CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,023.00
source

Traveler: Christal Sheppard (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,225.85
source

Traveler: Marsha Shasteen (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,187.38
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,356.20
source

Traveler: Christopher Miller (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: DEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTEND EDUCATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE ON TOXIC AIR POLLUTANTS' EFFECTS ON HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Traveler: David Goldston (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $731.85
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Grossman (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: MIT CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,002.98
source

Traveler: Olwen Huxley (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $932.98
source



American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.